CALL FOR PAPERS: Animals and Animal Imagery in the Ancient World

Friday, May 29 - 10:00 AM

Effective Tuesday March 17, Nickle Galleries is now closed to the public and Nickle at Noon programs have been cancelled. Because of the temporary closure of The Military Museums, Founders’ Gallery is also now closed. This measure was taken to ensure the safety and health of the campus and Calgary community, including those who take our programs. For further information on the University of Calgary’s COVID-19 response please visit

This event has been postponed.

We are excited to announce a one-day conference on May 29, 2020 with the theme: Animals and Animal Imagery in the Ancient World. The conference is co-organized by the Department of Classics & Religion and Nickle Galleries hosted by the University of Calgary. The conference is associated with the upcoming numismatics exhibition on animals titled, Money Zoo: Fantastical Beasts and the History of Money, organized by the University of Calgary’s Nickle Galleries.

Topics may include but are not limited to:
• Animal iconography and visual culture of the ancient world
• The use of animals in the ancient world
• Relationships between humans and animals
• The symbolic associations of animals
• Animals in cult and ritual

We invite academics and graduate students from all fields and departments to join us. The conference will be held on May 29, 2020 (time TBA).

We are welcoming submission for 20-minunte presentations for this interdisciplinary session.

Please submit 250-word abstracts as a pdf attachment with your full name, academic affiliation, and title of your abstract by April 3, 2020.
Please send abstracts to Marina Fischer at

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